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Published On: Thu, Sep 27th, 2018

Train and Truck Crash in Missouri City, Texas

 A tractor trailer and train crashed into each other on September 21st in Missouri City, Texas, causing the train, operated by Amtrak, to derail with 71 passengers on board. The Houston Chronicle reports that the crash occurred at around 1:35 PM on the Friday afternoon at a busy local intersection. Police communications indicate that the tractor trailer was on the tracks for unknown reasons at the time of the crash. The intersection is a guarded railroad crossing with gates and flashing lights. Amtrak and other trains use those tracks regularly for their daily routes.

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Photos from the scene of the truck-and-train crash show a mangled eighteen-wheeler with the passenger train partially derailed from the impact. At the time of the accident, the Amtrak train was en route to New Orleans, Louisiana. Traffic in the area of this intersection was completely stopped for at least two hours following the crash, during the police investigation and while arrangements were being made to safely remove the truck from the tracks and address the derailed train.

Local news stories show that though the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and Cravens Road in Missouri City is guarded according to Texas legal standards, a whopping six crashes have resulted just at this railroad crossing in the past five years. This is the first train accident there for 2018, and one accident occurred each year in 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2012. Two accidents occurred in 2016 and none in 2013. Strangely, all of the accidents occurred between the months of August and December. In all prior cases, the accident has found to be the fault of the vehicle struck, not the legally operated train passing through a protected road crossing.

In addition to the incidence of trains striking vehicles rising, accidents involving tractor trailers remain at high levels as well. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 475,000 crashes occurred in just 2016 involving large trucks on the roadways. 3,864 of those crashes caused a death while 104,000 caused injuries. Many of those crashes involved multiple other vehicles, like a recent Houston crash involving 7 passenger vehicles that lead to the death of four family members from Atlanta. This prevalence of unsafe driving behavior and resulting crashes leads many families to rely on tractor trailer wrongful death attorneys to obtain justice when penalties in the criminal system do not do enough. Fortunately, despite the catastrophic collision, the Missouri City truck-train crash lead to no injuries or deaths.

Author: Jacob Maslow

 

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